arnica (arnica montana, Arnicare, Arniflora) (cont.)

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Pure arnica is considered an unsafe herb by the FDA.



PREPARATIONS: Quick dissolving tablets; Ointment: 4%; Cream: 7%; Gel 7%, 8%

STORAGE: Store Arnica Montana at room temperature between 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F).


Topical Cream or Gel

  • Adults and children 2 years of age and older: Apply a thin layer to affected area(s) as soon as possible after injury. Repeat 3 to 4 times a day or as needed. Avoid contact with eyes and open wounds.
  • Children under 2 years of age: Consult a doctor.


Adults and children 2 years of age and older: at the onset of symptoms, dissolve 2 tablets in the mouth or in 1 tablespoon of water and repeat every hour for 2 more hrs. Then dissolve 2 tablets in the mouth every 6 hrs.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: There are no significant drug interactions, when using topical forms of arnica. Arnica may increase the effect of anticoagulants and other drugs that increase the risk of bleeding when taken orally.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies done on arnica to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women. It is considered unsafe during pregnancy. Arnica has been used to cause abortions.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether arnica enters breast milk; therefore, it is best to be cautious before using it in nursing mothers.

Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD

REFERENCE: FDA Poisonous Plant Database.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/14/2015

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